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Month: August 2014

Researcher Working with Blue Specimen

Biobank’s massive scanning effort underscores the need to link current patient medical information to their biospecimens

August 28, 2014

A U.K. biobank has begun one of the world’s largest medical cataloging projects ever attempted in order to link their previously stored biospecimens to updated patient medical information. This project underscores the need for medical researchers to obtain accurately- and richly-annotated specimens for their translational research.

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Female Receptionist

PHI protection strategies in need of updates

August 21, 2014

Current manual de-identification methods may be insufficient in protecting patients’ identities when their specimens are used in research, but de-identification via iSpecimen’s technology-based solution protects against potential PHI breaches.

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Test Tube Filled with Blood Sample

Access to customized biospecimen collections essential for successful research programs

August 14, 2014

Regardless of whether a biotechnology business produces pharmaceutical treatments or diagnostic tests, access to customized biospecimen collections is essential to the research and development process.

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Doctor with Chart at His Desk

Stakeholders relieved by easing of EHR certification requirements

August 7, 2014

The CMS and ONC released a joint statement describing the process in which providers can apply for hardship exemptions to the EHR certification requirements.

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